Pomp And Circumstance

New Fall Pillows

Posted in Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on October 29, 2012

Fall is here (although someone should tell the weather that, because it’s gearing up to be a mid 70 degree day here), so naturally a presto-chango-pillow-swap was in order. I kept two that I already had and traded out two others.

A little cozier, little warmer in color, little more texture.

There’s a bit too much going on in this corner for me I think, but the print and the trays are from my grandpa’s. Two additions worth making room for.

*grey linen, indigo floral, and grey and white stripe pillows all DIY, multicolored Moroccan print from Potterbarn

Snap Shot: Great Rugs at Cost Plus

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on September 26, 2012

iphone shot of a pile of pretty awesome rugs. I actually like them all together, and could see them all layered up on each other. You know…..if you happen to have about 700 extra dollars to spend on 6 rugs. I love that little collection in the top right corner of the thick jute one, super chunky braided cream-colored one, and the diamond dhurrie. And love the green one on the left. Basically all of them.

Highlights From Lonny Mag: The September Issue

Posted in Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Circumstance on September 19, 2012

Hello cute pregnant ladies!



Mixing Patterns: Bedding

Posted in Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Circumstance on September 14, 2012

This is a little close-up glimpse of some new bedding I purchased for a client. Mixing patterns can be tricky but here is why these three work together-

1. The scale of the two graphic ones are different. This is key. Though they are similar really in pattern, one (the grey one) is very small and tight, and the other (the pink one) is broad and large. Therefor they are friends who live in harmony.

2. The straight lines of the red sham are opposite of the swirly-ness in the other two patterns, therefore keeping it interesting and coordinating, but not matching. Like Paula said, opposites attract. It also has a hint of pink in it, which is not totally necessary but does help tie it to the large-scale swirly pattern pillow. The red one is very tribal/Moroccan inspired, thereby working excellently with the whimsy of the other two. Makes perfect sense right? The two things that totally don’t go together cause they are not the same go together? Maybe if you live in opposite world or upside-down land where the opposite of what you would think would be true is true. But that is kinda how it is.

3. Our red tribal pillow friend is a nice thick wool-like texture which means we are mixing texture. If you don’t have different textures you will always feel like things are just “mmeh” and not quite doin’ it for you. It will just feel a little flat.

And there’s kitty giving me the stink eye on his freshly made bed.

Ooo La Rue

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on August 10, 2012

These are two pictures I pulled from the latest issue of Rue Magazine. The first one is a room I surprisingly like. I’m pretty impressed with how they made some ugly rock columns work. It’s super cozy and has some great and interesting layering happening, and many many textures. I don’t know if I would want a room like that in my house- it’s all a bit brown for me, but I would like to visit and lay in it from time to time.

The second one I think is soooo lovely. I love the oversized gold curtain holdbacks used as wall hooks. Does one actually own that many scarfs? I guess that one does. But I have purses and handbags (actually. I don’t really have “handbags”. That implies having the time and the care to actually switch the contents of my big ol’ purse to a different “handbag” that goes with my outfit. That’s never happened). That lady has some great shoes though.


Pomp and Circumstance Featured on Design Sponge!

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files, P&C Portfolio by Miss Circumstance on July 30, 2012

Design Sponge has been a long time favorite of mine and Miss Pomp’s, so we were SO excited when they featured one of our projects! This DIY Balsa Wood Lampshade is one of our favorites. Is it the curse of the design-minded to notice all the things in a movie/catalog/magazine that are NOT for sale or mentioned?? Like during the intense scene of a couple fighting in a movie I notice the wallpaper in the background? Or want super bad that one thing in the West Elm catalog that is not for sale, but just an awesome prop? Several comments on Design Sponge were in regards to where the pillow and nesting tables are from….so unsurprising to me cause that is exactly what I would ask. (BTW, the nesting tables were from my Grandma’s house, and the pillow is a DIY present I gave to my sis. Just an Ikea white linen pillow case and handmade stencil).

Check out the feature here. Thank you Design Sponge Crew!


DIY Phillip Jeffries Inspired File Cabinet Makeover

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on July 6, 2012

Boring. Blah. A good case of the uglies. But only 5 bucks. So cheap and trashy it was. But with some spray paint, leftover grasscloth wallpaper remnants, spray adhesive, a stencil, and cheap $2 handles from The Black Hole Time Suck, er, I mean Home Depot, I got this-

And one of my favorite parts- here’s her unders

She’s got hidden jade green unders. I love surprise pops of color. Now to just finish going through the mondo stack of files that are supposed to go neatly inside…..

Surprise At My Doorstep

Posted in Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on June 28, 2012

My friend had called me and let me know she had a big old vintage frame from an estate sale, and would I want it. Does Justin bring Sexy Back?? Of course I want it. So one day I came home, and not only was there a giant frame at my door, but THIS PICTURE WAS INSIDE. This beautiful, original, pastel drawing ( I think its pastel. It comes off on my hand when I touch it). It’s huge, and I now need to find a super big frame to hold this work of art, and put it prominently somewhere awesome. I’m thinking either a simple modern white shadow box like frame with a white matte, or a giant vintage brass Hollywood Regency style frame found at a goodwill for pennies.

Like these but in picture frame form

A girl can dream.

Outdoor Monogram

Posted in Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on May 21, 2012

This picture is supposed to be showing good outdoor lighting, but I keep checking out the gate. I love outdoor spaces that feel just like an indoor room, and I love the idea that it’s special on the inside. Not everyone would see it till you come on in, and then there’s this beautiful glossy black gate door with a big gold letter on it. The last thing you seen when you are leaving reminds you where you have been. Nice touch.

Image via Lonny Mag

Stab You Much?

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on May 17, 2012

This mirror made out of porcupine quills caught my eye in Lonny Magazine. Porcupine quills are kind of an amazing thing- they are big and thick and striped. There is an animal just walkin’ around with a gaggle of these things poking out of its body. What the what?!? I’ve seen the quills in random stores and you can also order them online. A DIY mirror of porcupine quills would be THE BOMB. Just don’t stick your face on it.